In collaboration with the Radboudumc, Tabula Rasa, Tremani and Panton have developed the Beter Gezond app (better health app). With this app, Radboudumc wants to support cancer patients to adjust their lifestyle and give them insight into the effect of their own lifestyle on their treatment or prognosis.


Every year, more than 100,000 people in the Netherlands are told they have cancer. 700,000 people in the Netherlands already live with cancer. A lot of patients want to know what they themselves can do to improve their outlook and quality of life. People can do more than they might initially think.

For a number of cancer types, it is already known that a healthy lifestyle (more exercise, no alcohol, a healthy weight, enough fruit and vegetables and, of course, no smoking) improves their prognosis. Even after a cancer diagnosis, a healthy lifestyle can have a positive effect. Yet, it is not a standard topic of conversation between patients and doctors.

Radboudumc wants to change this with the Beter Gezond app.

"I wanted to do something about my illness, walking gives me the feeling that I can do something about my illness and feel more vital"lopen geeft me het gevoel dat ik iets kan doen tegen mijn ziekte en me vitaler voel"

Testimonial of a user - in the Beter Gezond app

A helping hand

The Beter Gezond app offers patients a helping hand to make their lifestyle healthier. The app helps to learn healthier habits in a practical and feasible way, such as exercising more, drinking no or less alcohol or achieving a healthier weight.

The app offers:

  • three healthy lifestyles to work on for 30 days: more exercise, no alcohol, a healthier weight
  • knowledge of what is demonstrably healthy
  • a tool to determine your own action plan
  • timeline to keep track of whether healthier life is succeeding
  • short news items with facts about lifestyle and a cancer prognosis
  • tips from other users to make it easier to maintain a healthy lifestyle
  • links to trustworthy websites for more information

Behavioral Sciences

Tabula Rasa delivered the strategy based on behavioral and communication science, Tremani built the app, and Panton created the design, the user flow and the user interface. Through various simulations and prototypes we worked together with end users towards the current pilot version.

Work in progress

Pilot studies are now starting for patients with head and neck cancer, colon cancer or a hereditary increased risk of cancer. The app is one of the tools used, and is launched in the Appstore and the Play store, so that patients and doctors in the pilot studies can gain experience with the app.

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